Author Archives: Chris Marston

Viewing properties for sale

Properties for sale in Rawtenstall Recently a friend told me of their experiences when viewing properties in Rawtenstall. Whilst the vendors were very pleasant and polite, on one occasion the vendor showing them round couldn’t actually answer the questions about heating systems. For most buyers this is a key factor in purchasing a property as…

Rossendale and Accrington properties – selling online

Selling in Rossendale or Accrington? It’s spring, the nights are getting longer and the temperature is rising. Why don’t we sell our house and buy a nice cottage in the country? Well it’s not difficult to be seduced by the pictures of those lovely cottages advertised in the property press at the weekend. How much…

Photovoltaic panels – making the right choice

Fitting a photovoltaic panel? So you have decided to invest in having a photovoltaic panel installation. You have probably looked on the internet and seen the price difference in the panels themselves and seen the horror stories about the cowboys in the profession. How can you protect yourself ? Do some research. Reputable fitters will…

Feed in Tariff, still a good investment?

Feed in Tariff As we all know by now the government has decided to go ahead and reduce the feed in tariff (FIT) for photovoltaic cells. The original rate was  43.2  pence per kilowatt hour (KwH) generated.  The new rate from April 1st is being reduced to 21p per KwH. generated. So is it best…

How would you spend £2000?

If you were going to spend £2000 on your house what would you choose to do?  Would you spend it all on a big project or a number of smaller jobs around the house? Would you spend it on external work or on giving a room that wow factor? Most people spend money on the…

Top tips to keep your property in tip top condition – part 8

The sun is shining again, the nights are starting to draw out. Climbers that cling on to the fences are putting out shoots. So now is the time for action on two fronts. Firstly, now is a good time to prune back any dead wood from last year’s growth. Secondly, carry out a basic survey…

Survey of a Lancashire property

I was carrying out a survey on a Lancashire property which was a 1930’s, three bedroom, semi-detached house. The house appeared, upon my initial observations, to be in reasonable condition. Many of the rooms had recently been refurbished and redecorated. In the kitchen, the new units looked very new in a contemporary design. The floor covering…

Flat roof survey or new roof…………

Do you have a flat roof on your newly purchased house?  This could be good news if you chose to have a survey carried out before you bought your house. Or it could be bad news if you didn’t have a survey. I expect that by now the recent storms will have determined the quality…

Guttering – check it now before it causes problems

I wonder if there’s a world expert on guttering?  I certainly can’t think of one and googling “world expert on guttering” didn’t really come up with a page full of references to a single person. Perhaps that is why we take the gutters and downpipes on our property for granted. Or perhaps we are not…

Now is the winter of our discontent…..

The first snowflakes have fallen in Rossendale, Lancashire, transforming the hills into pristine peaks of shimmering beauty. At ground level the roads have become slippery, traffic crawling along, energy assessors (DEAs)  having to cancel appointments for EPCs.  It seems it really couldn’t get any worse. So what can we do to make things better as…